December 30, 2013
I suck at sticking to new year’s resolutions. I always get to mid February or March, hit a bump in the road, and then write off the resolution for the rest of the year. It’s probably a mix of laziness and a lack of will power; alongside more interesting things to do instead, such as drinking and playing computer games.
This year I am going to try a different approach. Rather than one or two big resolutions, I’m going to have four areas for improvement. It won’t matter if I miss a day here or there, but I want to be able to look back on the majority of 2014 and say that I made progress.
The four areas are:
- Be healthier:
- Eat less sugary and fatty things;
- Drink less alcohol and sodas;
- Start running again;
- Start general strength training (weights, sit-ups, press-ups, etc.);
- Be sensible with money:
- Spend less money on computer games;
- Spend less money on other frivolities (eg. drinking);
- Pay off credit card and other debts;
- Work smarter and harder (both at work and home):
- Take more photos and make more blog posts);
- Revisit and complete some of the long-overdue projects;
- Put a bit more effort in at home:
- Take out bins more often;
- Fill dish washer more often;
Coincidentally, the list in whole is 14 items. Anyway, roll on 2014.
December 16, 2013
I admit, this was meant to be a fresh start for my blog. I honestly started out with good intentions, but looking back at my posts over the past 12 months it looks as full as Rolf Harris’ agenda for 2014.
Anyway, I’ve been thinking about a few ideas for posts, and I’ll endeavour to get these written and published over the next few months. I’m not promising anything, but it’ll at least make the site look a little less bare.
May 3, 2012
This week, I have been mostly watching Geek and Sundry.
There is something very odd about seeing a grown-up Will Wheaton playing TableTop games; in my head, he’s still about 15 and on the Enterprise bridge (TNG). The Flog is also worth a watch to see all the gaming and meme references.
March 4, 2012
I’ve also replaced the default header images with some that are more relevant to me.
March 4, 2012
I’ve taken the opportunity to move this site over to my other domain, hopefully links and things will still work.
February 14, 2012
This post is a rant, I warn you now, it’s not going to be pretty. It’s part-based in a dilemma I face this month, as I do a few times every year: Should I pre-order game X? I know what you’re thinking, if I pre-order, I’ll get my game of choice on release day (or soon after, thank you Royal Mail), and I can eagerly play to my heart’s content. However, this isn’t so much of an issue for me, because:
- I mostly download games through the likes of Steam, no need to wait for postie;
- I have a 50Mb internet connection (soon to be 100Mbit, thank you Virgin Media)
So, my dilemma isn’t: Should I pre-order this so that I can get it on release day? No, my dilemma is: Should I pre-order this so that I can get the pre-order DownLoadable Content (DLC)?
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January 13, 2012
Moodle statistics are great. Personally, every October, I scream like a schoolgirl and wave the most recent statistics graph at my colleagues whilst shouting at how all the numbers are bigger. However, it seems that on busier servers, especially one like ours with 700,000 actions in one month, Moodle can easily fall behind.
For the past three months, since October 2011, our Moodle serve hasn’t been compiling statistics.
I can’t fully demonstrate the symptoms here, as I only decided to write this blog post after I had fixed things. But if you look at the graph below, you’ll see an earlier month where statistics also failed. 1st April 2011 has no actions logged.
Example Moodle statistics
This fix works on Moodle 1.9.3+, it should also work on Moodle 2.0 but some of the lines might be slightly different. YMMV
So… how to fix it… well… Continue Reading →
January 12, 2012
My existing blog was getting a bit irregular and out of date, both in terms of content and plugins/designs.
I’ve decided on a bit of a fresh start, partly driven by the new blogs of my colleagues (see links), but also driven by the new year.
Hopefully, this attempt will be a bit more regular.